Governors-General of Australia

Posted May 31, 2011
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  1. Quentin Bryce

    Quentin Bryce


    Dame Quentin Alice Louise Bryce ADCVO (née Strachan; born 23 December 1942) was the 25th Governor-General of Australia, holding office from September 2008 until March 2014. She was the first woman to hold the position, and was previously the Governor of Queensland from 2003 to 2008.

  2. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

    Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester


    Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, KG, KT, KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (Henry William Frederick Albert; 31 March 1900 – 10 June 1974) was a soldier and third son of King George V and Queen Mary.

  3. Isaac Isaacs

    Isaac Isaacs


    Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs GCB GCMG KC (6 June 1855 – 11 February 1948) was an Australian judge and politician who served as the 3rd Chief Justice of Australia and the 9th, and first Australian-born, Governor-General. He had previously served as Attorney-General in the Protectionist government of Alfred Deakin.

  4. William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle

    William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle


    William Philip Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle VCKGGCMGGCVOKStJPC (23 May 1909 – 5 April 1991), known as The Lord De L'Isle and Dudley between 1945 and 1956, was a British Victoria Cross recipient, politician, and the 15th Governor-General of Australia, the final non-Australian to hold the office.

  5. Zelman Cowen

    Zelman Cowen


    Sir Zelman Cowen, AKGCMGGCVOQC (7 October 1919 – 8 December 2011) was an Australian legal scholar and academic administrator. He was the 19th Governor-General of Australia.

  6. Ronald Munro Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar

    Ronald Munro Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar


    Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar KT GCMG PC (6 March 1860 – 30 March 1934), was a Scottish politician and colonial governor. He served as the sixth Governor-General of Australia (1914–1920), and is considered probably the most politically influential holder of this post. After his return to Britain he was Secretary for Scotland (1922–24).

  7. William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil

    William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil


    William Shepherd Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil GCMG MC KStJ PC QC (10 August 1893 – 3 February 1961) was a British Conservative politician who served as Speaker of the House of Commons and the 14th Governor-General of Australia.

  8. William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

    William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim


    Field Marshal William Joseph Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KStJ (6 August 1891 – 14 December 1970), usually known as Bill Slim, was a British military commander and the 13th Governor-General of Australia.

  9. John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow

    John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow


    John Adrian Louis Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow KT GCMG GCVO PC (25 September 1860 – 29 February 1908), also known as Viscount Aithrie before 1873 and as The 7th Earl of Hopetoun between 1873 and 1902, was a Scottish aristocrat, politician and colonial administrator. He is best known for his brief and controversial tenure as the first Governor-General of Australia. When he became Governor-General, he was 40 years old and he remains the youngest person to have held that office; he is also the shortest-lived, dying at the age of 47. In Australia he is remembered as Lord Hopetoun.

  10. Paul Hasluck

    Paul Hasluck


    Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck KGGCMGGCVO (1 April 1905 – 9 January 1993) was an Australian historian, poet, public servant and politician, and the 17th Governor-General of Australia.

  11. Peter Cosgrove

    Peter Cosgrove


    General Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AKMC (born 28 July 1947) is a retired senior Australian Army officer and the 26th and current Governor-General of Australia.

  12. William Deane

    William Deane


    Sir William Patrick Deane, AC, KBE, KC*SG, QC (born 4 January 1931) is a former Australian judge and was the 22nd Governor-General of Australia.

  13. Ninian Stephen

    Ninian Stephen


    Sir Ninian Martin Stephen KGAKGCMGGCVOKBEQC (born 15 June 1923) is an Australian jurist, who served as a Justice in the High Court of Australia before being appointed the 20th Governor-General of Australia.

  14. Alexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie

    Alexander Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie


    Brigadier General Alexander Gore Arkwright Hore-Ruthven, 1st Earl of Gowrie VC GCMG CB DSO* PC (/ˈhɔər ˈrɪvɛn/; 6 July 1872 – 2 May 1955) was a British soldier and colonial governor and the tenth Governor-General of Australia. Serving for 9 years and 7 days, he is the longest serving Governor-General in Australia's history. Prior to his appointment in Australia he was a British Army officer who was the recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

  15. Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote

    Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote


    Henry Stafford Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote GCMG GCIE CB PC (18 November 1846 – 29 September 1911), known as Sir Henry Northcote, Bt, between 1887 and 1900, was a Conservative politician and colonial administrator. He served as the third Governor-General of Australia between 1904 and 1908.

  16. Peter Hollingworth

    Peter Hollingworth


    Peter John Hollingworth ACOBE (born 10 April 1935) is an Australian retired Anglican bishop. Engaged in social work for several decades, he served as the Archbishop of Brisbane for 11 years from 1989 and was the 1991 Australian of the Year. He served as the 23rd Governor-General of Australia from 2001 until 2003. He is also an author and recipient of various civil and ecclesiastical honours. In 2003 he became only the third governor-general to resign, after criticisms were aired over his conduct as Archbishop of Brisbane in the 1990s.

  17. Governor-General of Australia

    Governor-General of Australia


    The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is the representative in Australia at federal/national level of the Australian monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II). He or she exercises the supreme executive power of the Commonwealth. The functions and roles of the Governor-General include appointing ambassadors, ministers and judges, giving Royal Assent to legislation, issuing writs for elections and bestowing honours. The Governor-General is President of the Federal Executive Council and Commander-in-Chief of the Australian Defence Force. All these things are done and all these posts are held under the authority of the Australian Constitution. Further, the Governor-General acts as vice-regal representative to the Australian Capital Territory.

  18. John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven

    John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven


    John Lawrence Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven GCMG DSO PC JP DL (27 April 1874 – 20 August 1941), known as Sir John Baird, Bt, between 1920 and 1925 and as The Lord Stonehaven between 1925 and 1928, was a British Conservative politician, who served as a Member of Parliament, government minister, and was later the eighth Governor-General of Australia.

  19. Richard Casey, Baron Casey

    Richard Casey, Baron Casey


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  20. Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster

    Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster


    Henry William Forster, 1st Baron Forster GCMG PC DL (31 January 1866 – 15 January 1936), was a British Conservative Party politician who became the seventh Governor-General of Australia.

  21. Bill Hayden

    Bill Hayden


    William George "Bill" Hayden AC (born 23 January 1933) is an Australian politician who was the 21st Governor-General of Australia from 1989 to 1996. He was previously the Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1977 to 1983, and served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade under Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to 1988. Earlier he had briefly been the Treasurer of Australia under Gough Whitlam in 1975.

  22. Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman

    Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman


    Thomas Denman, 3rd Baron Denman GCMG, KCVO, PC (16 November 1874 – 24 June 1954) was a British Liberal politician and the fifth Governor-General of Australia.

  23. Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson

    Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson


    Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson GCMG PC (11 August 1852 – 2 December 1928) was the second Governor-General of Australia. He was the elder son of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the most popular and prominent poet of late Victorian England, and was named after his father's late friend Arthur Hallam.

  24. William McKell

    William McKell


    Sir William John McKell GCMG (26 September 1891 – 11 January 1985), Australian politician, was Premier of New South Wales from 1941 to 1947, and was the 12th Governor-General of Australia from 1947 to 1953. He was the longest-lived Governor-General, aged 93 when he died.

  25. William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley

    William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley


    William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley KP GCB GCMG GCVO KStJ PC TD DL (25 May 1867 – 29 June 1932), styled Viscount Ednam before 1885, was a British Conservative politician. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1902 and 1905 and the fourth Governor-General of Australia between 1908 and 1911. In 1920 he sold his country seat Witley Court to Sir Herbert Smith.

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